ZINEDINE ZIDANE has shot down Gareth Bale’s claim he was made a scapegoat at Real Madrid.
The Welshman stated on international duty last week that he bore the brunt of the crisis at the Spanish giants last season.
But Zidane hit back at Bale, who has returned to the starting line-up under the Frenchman this season after being left out in the cold when he returned in February, and the World Cup winner claimed everyone at the Bernabeu takes the blame.
Zidane said: "No, I think we're all guilty if things go wrong or if things go right.
"It's up to us, all of us, we're all in the same boat. We want to change things when things don't go right. We're thinking as a team mentality."
Bale was close to a summer move to China with Zidane keen to sell the 30-year-old.
The deal to Jiangsu Suning collapses but Bale also revealed on Wales duty last week there will be more turbulence on his future ahead of a possible exit in January.
Bale said he is playing unhappy at Real and his club should answer questions rather than him on what happened in the summer.
But Zidane, who saw Bale score twice in the La Liga 2-2 draw with Villarreal before the international break, hailed the quality of Wales’ talisman.
Bale is suspended for Real’s clash with Levante tomorrow after two yellow cards in the same match but he will return for the Champions League trip to Paris Saint Germain next week in confident mood having scored the winner in Wales’ 2-1 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Azerbaijan in Cardiff.
Zidane added: "I've always said he's got amazing quality, Gareth Bale.
"He's a great player. What happened in the summer, everyone knew the situation.
"Now he's here, I'm happy, he's happy, everyone is happy, the fans as well Now we have to move forward."